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Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day gets tea party support in Northridge

August 01, 2012

A local tea party group flocked to a Northridge Chick-fil-A Wednesday morning as part of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," a nationwide effort to show support for the fast-food chain recently criticized over its chief executive's comments on gay marriage.

More than a dozen people stood outside the Northridge Chick-fil-A on Wednesday morning, waving American flags and holding signs that read, "Free to speak, to build, to boycott." The event was organized by the San Fernando Valley Patriots, a local arm of the tea party.

"That man — just like you or I — has a right to say, 'This is what I believe' and not be punished for it," Karen Kenney, of the San Fernando Valley Patriots, told KTLA.

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The Northridge restaurant declined to comment, and referred questions to the company's corporate office.

Kenney was referencing comments made by Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy in a recent interview with theBaptist Press, where the chief executive said that although he doesn't consider Chick-fil-A a "Christian business," he does operate on "biblical principles."

— Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times 

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